Yup, it most certainly is. It locked up a couple of days ago, and I am away till later this week. I will be getting after it then. And it will be sort of like herding cats. I try a bunch of things till something works….
Some friends turned me on to another really fine wild land fire information resource. The link is posted to the right. Scroll down to the bottom of the Links column, just above Wind and Weather. Good current information, and it uses Google Maps, in high detail.
Thanks, Mark and Nancy…..
There has not been that much happening. The lake stays pretty stable, and a lot of people have discovered Bucks this summer. Sometimes it feels like about half the usual Folsom Lake boaters are now at Bucks. Welcome, folks. We have water every year the PG&E does not drain the lake in January…..
Fires are the obvious big concern right now. I look at a lot of websites for information. One of the best is wildfiretoday.com . Do check it out. For instance, it has the very latest info on the Rocky fire.
This has not been easy. But today we finally have a custom layout for the new weather page. We will probably tweak it a little bit in the near future to get it just the way we want it, but for now, just use it and get used to it.
Nothing is as threatening as change. And yes, we have changed the weather program. Ambient Weather only works on a Windows computer, and we have changed to an IMac. The new program is WeatherCat, and right now we are using their canned gauges and graphs. Going forward, as we develop more skill with this program, we are going to experiment with various layouts. Right now, just about every parameter you could look for is there. I’m just going to try to make it as attractive and legible as I can make it.
We get asked that a lot. Here’s how to get that info: http://cdec.water.ca.gov That is the California Data Exchange Center web site. Once there, click the box, “most popular pages”. Then click “daily data.” Then, to the left, in the Station ID box, enter “bcl” (code for Bucks Lake). Then to the right, click “get daily data.”
Today, May 23, you get data as of May 12. Elevation 5147.34, and Acre Feet, 88302.
In addition to this basic information, if the Geek in you wants more, the site can provide almost any data you can think of, including data clear back to 1928! So, enjoy.
With the latest rain, the lake continues to creep up. Now it is several feet higher than this time last year, and from what I have seen of other lakes on the internet, Bucks looks pretty good by comparison. While it certainly won’t fill, it is already very respectable.
Starting now, and into mid summer is the time to enjoy it. We have had several very good rain events, but not so much snow, so we know PG&E will use the water, and there is not much high elevation snow to replace the water that gets used. But it is great right now and should be for at least another three months. (I hope…)
So, looking for a lake to try this summer? Gotta be Bucks.
Why didn’t this happen in January. Or February. Or March….. Still, we’ll take what we can get. Major thunder storm plus .71″ of rain on Thursday night, then another .36″ Friday night, and 3″ of snow after Midnight on Saturday.
Now let’s see the lake come up a little more…..
So, almost a foot on the ground. Almost forgot what winter is like…Given the temperatures coming the next several days, most of this snow should be gone in a few days. But then, stay tuned for about 7 days from now. First, the models showed another significant storm. Now, they are predicting the same kind of split we have seen so often, but we might just get some precip from the northern part of the storm. So if you plan to be at the lake, keep a weather eye posted…….
And welcome to “spring.: First, no matter what the winter has been like, it ALWAYS storms on Easter. Maybe 3″ by 7 am, and more to follow. By Wednesday night we could have close to a foot. So, then, welcome to “winter.” Are you feeling whiplashed?
Then, next week, more is possible. But after that real spring likely returns. Gotta just go with it…….